November – December 2015

* * * * * * * * * ALOHA `OE, MANONO * * * * * * * * *

* * *HE NANI MAI MOLOKA`I…….ten years ago in December 2005, I had the great privilege of beginning my NW HAWAII TIMES “KAMAAINA PROFILE” story with this beginning: He nani mai Moloka`i (beauty from Molokai)……..the story honored one of the most beautiful, talented and beloved ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting and knowing…..Manono

FAST FORWARD TEN YEARS TO DECEMBER 2015 and it is with deepest sorrow that I begin another story about that same beautiful lady (He nani mai Moloka`i)…her name: MANONO AKI McMILLAN………..on December 9th I received a telephone call from a friend telling me that Manono had a terminal disease and was only expected to live a few more days…the shock has not worn off, but reality has set in….two days later I received an email telling me that our beautiful Hawaiian friend Manono, a true Icon of all things pono in our Pacific NW Hawaiian community had passed on from the ravages of pancreatic cancer.

Every time I write an “Aloha ‘oe” story a part of me dies too…..but this time the loss feels even worst because MANONO and I had gotten to be good friends over the past few years, sharing many memorable moments. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized yet but I will provide any information as soon as I know them. At this point I ask you all to take a moment to reflect on memories you have of times shared with Manono and her ohana….and to pray that God will bless and grant peace and strength to her ohana who remain with us (Nick, Brent, Jolene and her two mo`opuna) in this difficult time…..

If Manono were still with us, I know she would say to me “tell everyone I appreciate their grieving for me but life is to be lived and please everyone, hug and love your ohana because none of us ever knows how much time we have left.”

* *SOVEREIGNTY FOR HAWAII—-NUI PILIKIA……WHAT A MESS THIS HAS BECOME!*

First: the whole Na`i Aupuni process to create a NAI AUPUNI AHA CONVENTION that is scheduled to start in two months started off badly…On the surface, this Na`i Aupuni sponsored event appeared to be a well meant effort to gather Native Hawaiians at a conference where they could begin a process for creating a Hawaiian government! Unfortunately before it could even begin, a lawsuit was filed in federal court challenging the legality of the Na`i Aupuni program………

—–then there were grumblings about the fact that only 98,000 Native Hawaiians (and their descendants) are on the Na`i Aupuni Hawaiian Roll Call Commission’s register and thus identified as those eligible to participate in the 2016 Aha Convention and/or in subsequent ratifications of recommendations that are made at that Convention. The 98,000 is less than 20 percent of the 540,000 NHPI (Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders counted in the 2010 U.S. Census survey). The entire issue of who Native Hawaiians are is extremely complex as the 2010 Census NHPI 540,000 count included all Pacific Islanders (Samoans/ Tahitians/Chamorro/ Fijians/etc) and not just Native Hawaiians There was no separate category for Native Hawaiians. For me the fallacy is that the issue of identifying the Native Hawaiians eligible to participate in the Na`i Aupuni process was not adequately resolved before the Na`i Aupuni program/process was started.

—–And den………the ballots for electing the Aha Convention delegates were sent to those of us eligible to vote and the ballot was “crappy” (pardon my french) as the list of delegates weren’t vetted very well so there folks on the ballot who should not have been there and in come cases several names were included twice on the same ballot………………

—–Things have just started so badly! Where does something that starts so badly go from here?

Aue, let me put on my coat of optimism because I truly want something positive for our Hawaiian people to come out of this process and the 2016 Aha Convention…….soooooooooooooooooo:

—–BUT WAIT…FIRST POSITIVE: in mid November 2015, The United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the lawsuit challenging Nai Aupuni and determined that the Nai Aupuni program is legally able to continue on it’s program (selecting delegates/holding a convention of those delegates whose task will be to establish the process/procedures for establishing a Native Hawaiian government!) SO WE GO FORWARD FROM HERE…..

By the time I get to write my next Holoholo, I hope there will be resolutions of the issues listed above…..I certainly will keep you posted on what is happening. The voting for delegates to the Aha Convention closed on November 30, 2015 so the list of delegates should be the next item established by the time I do my next Holoholo!

While it is confusing and frustrating, I hope a whole lot of you will join me (go to the naiaupuni.org website to find out how you can get involved)  

           * * * * * * * * *FACES, PLACES & TINGS* * * * * * * *

AUE…ANOTHER ISLAND GUY LEAVING THE PACIFIC NW

Popular Seattle area Hawaiian entertainer AL TRINGALI and his wife MARYANN (a very gifted artist), who have lived on Bainbridge Island, WA for the past few years are moving to another island: Rhode Island which definitely is not as exotic as Hawaii or even Bainbridge but a better fit for their retirment plans and especially for locating them with their ohana and mo`opuna (Maryann’s son and children live there!) Al says he and Maryann will miss the Pac NW and all their friends and fans here but he plans on going back to Hawaii every year and will definitely plan to stopover in the Pacific NW each time! Courtesy of Slack Key star Kory Tideman and steel guitarist Jack Aldrich we had a quick, impromptu “we’re sorry to see you go” party for Al and Maryann at the Kona Kitchen on December 5th and it was a great one as local area Hawaiian musicians (Elias Kauhane, Kalani Kahaialii. Tiko Kaeo, Rod Higuchi) showed up to join us in saying Aloha say Aloha to Al and Maryann……… 

Thanks for the memories Al & Maryann Tringali….hele laau ke Akua (go with God)………..

Someone leaves and guess wat? Does not take long for someone to step up and fill the gap……kind of proves how much talent we have in our Pacific NW Hawaiian community………

Al Tringali Leaves (and da guy was real good) and up steps a new face in our Hawaiian music community….his name is Carlton Aranda! Besides being a good Slack Key guitarist and singer like Al, Carlton is also OF Filipino-Hawaiian ethnicity like Al….(Carlton just had his first appearance as a featured artist at the Dec 6th NW Ohana Winter Luau festival) in Mt Vernon…..

* * AUNTY WANTS ANOTHER ALOHA KE KUPUNA FESTIVAL * * 

AUNTY MANUIKI LONO is definitely a winner….beautiful, talented, lovable and agressive in a positive way! Kumu of the Halau Hula `olono and the Manuiki Foundation plus a driving force behind several Pacific NW Hawaiian cultural events (Bridge of Aloha/Hawaiian Slack Key festival in Renton/Hawaiian Summer Festival etc)….Aunty Manu says she wants to reestablish the Aloha Ke Kupuna Festival which she ran for a few years then had to discontinue when the Kennedy High School venue in Burien was no longer available. Aunty Manu told me she wants to reestablish the event because honoring the Kupuna of our Pacific NW Hawaiian community is something very important to her………as a Kupuna, I admire and respect her for this………..and as the song goes “whatever Manu wants, Manu gets” I suspect it will not be much longer before the Ke Kupuna Festival lives again?

* * * TIS GRAMMY AWARD NOMINATIONS TIME AGAIN * * * 

Mahalo to Uncle Gregg Porter for this info…….we still do not have a separate category for Hawaiian music but at least we have a couple of nominations of Hawaiian albums in the Best Regional Roots Music category:

KEALII RECHEIL for his album “KAWAIOKALENA”

NATALIE AI KAMAUU for her album “LA LA LA LA”

* * * * * * * * *TINGS AND PLACES * * * * * * * * *

AUE…I AM SO IMPRESSED ALREADY: Dey/ (somebody) wen open up a new restaurant in Olympia and named it after my island of “LANAI”…..DA NEXT BEEG TING DAT GOING HAPPEN IS WEN I TELL YOU DAT DEY/SOMEONE WEN OPEN UP A “MACDONALD’S” ON LANAI (DAT WOULD BE WORLD SHAKING NEWS MAN….WHEN LANAI GETS A “MACDONALD’S” IT MEANS LANAI HAS FINALLY GONE BEEG TIME IN DIS WORLD!

Anyway, the new “CAFE LANAI” restaurant 514 Capitol Way in Olympia, WA opened in August 2015 (under owners Charles and Kami Wilkins assisted by the Aloha Twins Gloria and Bill Nahalea) and has been doing well so far with mostly positive feedback from customers for excellent food, decor, spirit of Aloha and entertainment.

I haven’t had a chance to go see yet but will soon and give you all an upclose and personal review (already heard dey got old time Lanai kine favorites like fried pineapple and banana pancakes (man, cannot lose wen you have stuff like dat on da menu)……….and they try to have live music Fridays 6:30-9:30 p.m. 

* * * * * * * * *WASSUP…..COMING EVENTS………….* * * * * * * * *

HERE ARE SOME HAWAIIAN KINE EVENTS/ACTIVITIES YOU CAN MARK ON YOUR BRAND NEW 2016 CALENDARS……….

PACIFIC NW OUTRIGGER CANOE RACING SCHEDULE

MOST OF YOU ARE HANGING YOUR HEADS IN AMAZEMENT AS YOU READ THIS BECAUSE LIKE ME YOU ARE SAYING “WAT??? IS TOO DAMN COLD TO EVEN TINK OF PADDLING CANOES” BUT THOSE HUNDREDS OF PADDLERS WHO ARE HELPING PERPETUATE OUR CULTURE ARE GOING TO BE PADDLING COME RAIN/SLEET/ICE OR STORM ..I SOOO PROUD OF THEM!!!!!

WINTER SERIES

MONTH                     HOST                                                           SITE                                                                                                            

JANUARY

           9         HUI WA’A O WAKINIKKONA                LAKE UNION

            23        JERICO                                                     VANCOUVER, B.C,

FEBRUARY

            6          MOUNTIAN HOME CANOE CLUB           KALAMA, WA

            20        HUI HEIHEI WA`A                            SILVERDALE, WA

MARCH

            5          FALSE CREEKE OCC                            VANCOUVER B.C.

            19        KAI IKAIKA                                                 PORTLAND, OR

            27        EASTER HOLIDAY                                   T.B.A.

APRIL

2                      SAND POINT O.C.C                       LAKE WASHINGTON

HOOOKAY FOR ALL YOU WARM WEATHER LOVERS AND COUCH POTATOES HERE IS SUMMER SERIES OF OUTRIGGER CANOE RACES YOU PROBABLY PREFER….BUT WHATEVAH, PLEASE MAKE IT A POINT TO GO WATCH THESE FOLKS PADDLE…..THEY ARE SO GREAT AND PASSIONATE ABOUT OUTRIGGER CANOE PADDLING….AND SOME OF THE RACE SITES ARE PLACES WE DON’T NORMALLY GET TO SEE!!!! GO WATCH AND CHEER THEM…WHAT A WONDERFUL WAY TO HELP PERPETUATE OUR CULTURE……BELOW INCLUDES SOME OTHER KINE EVENTS TOO

FEB 27                       HAPA IN CONCERT @TRIPLE DOOR Seattle   7:30 p.m

FEB 28                       HAPA in concert @ the ALADDIN THEATER in Portland OR            7:30 p.m.

Spring 2016                 KE KUKUI FOUNDATION ANNUAL CULTURAL FAIR (exact date will be published later)

APRIL 23                    RUSTY IRON LONG DISTANCE RACE/(HOST PACIFIC O.C.C.)      VANCOUVER, WA

MAY                           KE KUKUI MAY DAY IS LEI DAY FESTIVAL VANCOUVER, WA (DAY TO BE DETERMINED)

MAY          7               ROOSTER ROCK DISTANCE RACE            (HOST: MOUNTAIN HOME OCC)         CORBETT, OR

MAY 14                                 MANU K BAKER SPRINT REGATTA  (HOST: KIKAHA O KE KAI)           SPANAWAY LK

MAY 28                                PO`A O KE KAI SPRINT REGETTA   GREEN LAKE                    (HOST: HUI WAA WAKINIKONA)

JUNE 11                    PUGET SOUND SPRINT REGATTA              SILVER LAKE       (HOST: HUI WA’A O PUGET SOUND)

JUNE 25                                HUI HEIHEI SPRINT REGATTA     SILVERDALE,

JULY         16-17                     GORGE DISTANCE RACE           STEVENSON, WA

JULY 27-30                            THREE DAYS OF ALOHAFESTINAL                              PORTLAND,OR

JULY   30                             RACE AROUND THE ISLAND (COLUMBIA RIVER OCC)             FAIRWAY, OR 

AUG 13                                BELLINGHAM BAY IRON             BELLINGHAM,               (host: BELLINGHAM OCC)

AUG 20                                  PAC ORCA NW CHALLENGE                   SEATTLE                  

SEPT 11                                 LIVE ALOHA CULTURAL FESTIVAL      SEATTLE

OCT                                       ANNUAL BLUE BRIDGE BASH                 TRI-CITIES

OCT 22                                  RUSTON RELAY                                         TACOMA

DIS IS FOAH ALL YOU GOLFERS & WANNABE GOLFERS: the PGA HAWAII PRO-AM TOURNAMENT wants you!!!!

Hey to all Hawaii No Ka `Oi Golf Club members……wouldn’t you prefer to be basking in the

Hawaiian sunshine January 14-21, 2016 on the Maunalani Resort golf course than freezing up here in the Pac NW like the rest of us…kinda expensive but worth it I tink!!!! Plus I thought all golfers belong to expensive Country Clubs so you guys can probably afford dis…

Anyway if you like go, check out the PGA HAWAII PRO-AM WEBSITE for the entry form information/application…..

and eeef you go, I be glad to come along as your caddy (at your expense of course)………

* * * * * * * * * FACES & PLACES & TINGS * * * * * * * * *

DA STORMS WEN COME IN NOVEMBER AND AUE, DEY PLAYED HAVOC FOR MANY IN OUR PACIFIC NW HAWAIIAN COMMUNITIES…………..SEVERAL FOLKS LOST POWER (MOST, THANKFULLY FOR JUST SHORT PERIODS….

—–but den, way ovah on da uddah side of the State, the ESPERAS OHANA in Spokanewere without power for 8 days…dey all okay now……

—–ovah heah, KAINOA MARQUIS loves living in her remote home in the Gold Bar/Index WA area but had to tough it out when she lost her power source for weeks as the lone major power line into her area got blown down plus da roads into her area were closed off…she is doing fine now (and no, she is NOT thinking of moving (loves her country living)

—–several folks had trees fall down on their hale (including Aunty Manu) but all were fixable without major damage. Sadly, still tryng to fix her roof from a prior storm is Aunty Lu Awa’a (widow of the late local area Hawaiian musician Sam Awa’a) wish Aunty Lu good luck (in fact Aunty Manu and her Halau have been doing fund raisers to help Aunty Lu fix her roof so contact Aunty Manu if you can help in this)…

—–GOOD NEWS: I have not heard of any deaths or major injuries among our Hawaiian communities population

* * * * * * * * * MOAH FACES, PLACES & TINGS * * * * * * * * *

VERY GOOD NEWS: Our beloved friend JEAN KEALOHA CABUNOC (mother of Tim Cabunoc the very talented photographer/music sound system expert for so many of the Hawaiian themed events in the Pac NW) faced a different kine storm in November as she had to undergo major surgery for a life threatening illness, Fortunately, the surgery was successful and Kealoha is resting comfortably and recuperating nicely at this time..Mahalo ke Akua for blessing and watching over Kealoha and her ohana during this difficult time……

MORE VERY GOOD NEWS….. a year ago I wrote about little baby ALMA (daughter of Amy Kapuanani Antonio-Claussen) of Vancouver, WA who had a very rare life threatening disease (Bilary Atresia)…..Thanks to modern medical technology, a donated kidney and the power of prayers little Alma is now growing and glowing (pictures a year ago showed the yellowish coloration in her face caused by her illness but today’s photos are replaced by a warm, rosy, glowing hues of a healthy and happy Baby Alma)..

NICE NEWS: Da Oregon “Singing Hawaiian” Francis Doo has been experiencing some painful physical (spinal) medical problems in recent times which caused him to miss out on one of his favorite passions, singing as a member of the Portland Christmas Tree Choir….but people call him “Da Can Doo Man” because even though he could not walk or stand on stage with his beloved Choir members, Da Can Doo It Man (Francis Doo) went to the choir performances sitting in the audience to just to be with them………

Along happier lines: HAUOLI LA HANAU wishes to two lovely ladies: LISA KAUHANE & KATHY DEAGUIAR

Thankfully most of the news during the Winter/Thanksgiving Storms was good

but EVERY PICTURE HAS TWO SIDES…………..

WITH SADNESS: I extend condolences and sympathies to dear friend KATHLEEN SCHWARTZE one of the fearless leaders of the Kamehameha Schools Alumni Association, Northwest Region on the recent loss of her Dad…

ALSO WITH SADNESS….condolences and sympathies to local area hula dancer Mary Lu Verduin on the death of her infant great granddaughter from a rare infant disease (Williams Syndrome) in Florida!

Condolences to Kumu Hula Uncle Ed Collier on loss of his brother

LET ME CLOSE THIS “HOLOHOLO” BY WISHING ALL OF YOU

MELE KALIKIMAKA E HAUOLI MAKAHIKI HOU……..  

………………………MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS………………….

SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR…..UNTIL THEN BE KIND TO EACH OTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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